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A new stage in a 75-year history
NX and Teamcenter allow the creation of digital mockups that are key to a transition to paperless operations
SUKHOI DESIGN BUREAU
Siemens PLM Software
New product development Value chain synchronization Enterprise data management
From fighters to regional passenger jets
A list of modern military jets would be incomplete without the internationally known Sukhoi aircraft developed by Pavel Sukhoi, an outstanding Soviet aircraft builder, his colleagues and followers. During its 75-year history Sukhoi Design Bureau has developed nearly 100 aircraft types and their modifications, with more than 60 produced on a full-scale basis. More than 10,000 aircraft have been manufactured, with over 2,000 exported to 30 countries worldwide. Sukhoi aircraft have set more than 50 world records. Recent developments from Sukhoi Design Bureau include the Sukhoi Su-24 all-weather front-line bomber with changing wing sweep and the Sukhoi Su-25 armored attack aircraft. One of Sukhoi Design Bureau’s most famous fighters is the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter (known abroad as Flanker) and its modifications Su-30, Su-32 and Su-33. The company has also created aerobatic airplanes, and since the early 1990s has been making civil aircraft as well. In 2003, Sukhoi Design Bureau became part of Sukhoi Company, Russia’s largest aviation holding with a staff of 28,000. Sukhoi Company performs a full range of operations, from aircraft design engineering to maintenance and repair. The company is ranked first among Russian aircraft exporters and third worldwide in terms of the production of modern fighters. Sukhoi Company continues to make progress in engineering combat aircraft, its core field of activities. It is now testing the Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut aircraft with forward swept wings, which will be the basis for a new aircraft generation. The company is also applying its expertise to developing passenger airplanes such as the Sukhoi Superjet, a Russian regional jet.
Develop and implement advanced technologies Enhance quality and reduce product costs Reduce R&D time and costs
Keys to success
New development methods based on CAD Paperless engineering processes Single quality management environment and cost management system
Digital collaboration with manufacturers and suppliers Faster, easier design changes Standard product libraries that can be used by the entire corporation Digital mockup of Sukhoi Su-30 components
Right software is key to success
Realizing that it is impossible to develop aircraft today without digital product development software, Sukhoi Design Bureau studied and tested various systems including CADDS 5,
“As we studied the system carefully. and the addition of requirements to the model.” The feature that sold the engineers on NX was the kinematics module. The most important changes were related to the implementation of NX WAVE technology for structuring controlled associative links between models. an aerospace manufacturer. routing and wiring schemes and so on. but the company eventually offered an authorized NX training class as well. Catia and Pro/Engineer as well as the NX® digital product development system from Siemens PLM Software.“It was up to our engineers to select the system they wanted and they chose NX. Moving to digital mockups The next stage began when an enterprise computer system was set up and the number of seats doubled. The initial phase of implementation resulted in the Sukhoi Design Bureau engineers generating paper documents despite the fact that they were being trained in new CAD technology. At that stage the basic principles for working with the digital mockup were established. At that time.Aerospace and defense I-deas® software. which was originally developed at McDonnell Douglas. such as a surface model.“We realized that we needed to direct our efforts at improving collaboration. Siemens PLM Software’s Moscow office helped implement these technologies. load-carrying scheme.” Savchenko notes. head of MCAD at Sukhoi Design Bureau.” says Savchenko. Sukhoi Design Bureau also initiated pilot projects involving digital mockups of airplanes. standardization of the user workspace in Teamcenter. .” says Evgeny Savchenko. with data management handled by the Teamcenter® engineering product and process management system from Siemens PLM Software. distribution of responsibility and access control. These included:“top-down” assembly. The company established a Basic Control Structure (BCS) that contains information obtained during the preliminary development stage. division of the drawing and the model. we began to understand that it was a set of new technologies rather than a set of new tools.“The global aviation industry uses NX and Catia. These activities were aimed at developing an airplane with light aircraft engines. They learned to operate the relevant functions. Engineers obtain the information they need only from the BCS. production break line scheme. Engineers do the digital linking of the product in their workspace and link a model free of any redundant elements to their outcome area. This approach helps control changes during the time a design is subject to continuous modification due to often-contradictory requirements. This is the model that will be included in the digital model of the product.
Sukhoi transferred the digital mockup as a file structure and also provided standard.“Monitoring numerous files. PDM and CAD systems can be from different vendors.” The Superjet 100 was implemented by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft with support from engineers from Sukhoi Design Bureau.” Savchenko notes.Aerospace and defense “The whole company can now access the results of efforts of tens and hundreds of employees. paper-based engineering documentation. Interaction between multiple PDM systems also would have been impossible.“This is the main function of product data management (PDM). The entire corporation is involved in the process. and work continues on delivering the libraries. That was the first project in which a Russian plant received a model of an airplane that was so well developed. “We learned from that experience that we need to provide plants with models that contain all of the information necessary for manufacturing. the standard products it comprises.” That project convinced Sukhoi Design Bureau that using PDM for making digital mockups is necessary and delivers benefits. Plant management was very pleased with it. updating versions… impossible! It is important that companies understand how crucial it is to be able to manage your product data. Digital product data includes more than geometry One of the most significant projects during the fourth stage of the PLM implementation was the development of the digital mockup of fins for Sukhoi Su-30. but the PDM system must be from Siemens PLM Software.“I cannot understand how some other companies can work using only an operating system. We have learned that from our experience.” says Savchenko. When work on the Superjet 100 project began. along with its production launch at Irkutsk Aviation Plant. At this phase Sukhoi Design Bureau undertook the development of a digital technology called ELOIZ that contains not only product geometry but also the information needed to manufacture a product such as: the materials it is made of. where it is described (in a CAD model or drawing). documents . It was clear to all that the project could only be supported by a single PDM environment – Teamcenter. the company realized that doing this project in another PDM system would have been impossible. with the overall digital product stored in Teamcenter. the technical requirements it must comply with. In my opinion. which then become assets of the company. who at that time had had more experience with the Siemens PLM Software solutions and had been trained in their use.” says Savchenko. It is at this point that the company focused its efforts on setting up centralized standard product libraries.
We are very pleased with the solutions we have already implemented. Sukhoi remains one of the leading corporations in the aviation industry.siemens. All other logos. NX. I-deas. which will be achieved through Teamcenter’s multi-site collaboration capability.” E. Solid Edge. direct and indirect. trademarks.” In the near term.org Client location Moscow Russia Future plans for linking the enterprise “Among the major benefits. that our company has gained from the implementation of Siemens PLM Software solutions. Teamcenter.” Savchenko adds.” Savchenko notes.sukhoi. Sukhoi is now working to set up a corporate data exchange system.” Such equipment is now being installed at the company’s plants.” says Savchenko.com/plm © 2008 Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. Savchenko Head of MCAD Sukhoi Design Bureau Contact Siemens PLM Software Americas 800 498 5351 Europe 44 (0) 1276 702000 Asia-Pacific 852 2230 3333 www.“We are witnessing a qualitative rather than quantitative growth in our demand for Siemens PLM Software products. and that makes us confident about the solutions we will implement in the future.Aerospace and defense Solutions/Services NX Teamcenter authorizing its issue.“Many of our new goals can be achieved by means of Siemens PLM Software solutions. I. “That proves that we made the right choice. registered trademarks or service marks used herein are the property of their respective holders. Client’s primary business Sukhoi Design Bureau is one of the best-known developers of military and civil aircraft. I would single out significantly higher operational quality and greater productivity with lower costs. Sukhoi Design Bureau plans to implement new capabilities for checking model quality and Teamcenter functionality for managing projects.” “Thanks to a seamless implementation of the newest MCAD and PDM technologies from Siemens PLM Software. we are working to create a modern company equipped with modern technologies and quite competitive in the global market. 3/08 . Parasolid. All rights reserved. the plants and all of Sukhoi corporation – are implementing invaluable new technologies. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Femap.“In other words.“All of that is very important. Another major issue for the company is the need to establish full collaboration between plants. modifications and so on. but not crucial. Siemens PLM Software solutions provide the basis for the creation and maintenance of this data. What is really crucial is that we – Sukhoi Design Bureau. Velocity Series and Geolus are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. JT. Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG.Tecnomatix. That allows us to not only make digital product models but also to manufacture products using modern equipment that can process digital information. www.
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